Fishing Report

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CHEVELON LAKE: Chevelon Lake is restricted to "artificial fly and lure" only.

BLACK CANYON LAKE: Fishing is fair. The lake is down about one foot and the boat ramp is accessible. The water temperature last week was 72 degrees. The best bite is at first and last light. Boat anglers have been catching trout on green and yellow Power Bait.

Try worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, lures such as spinners, or flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms, wooly buggers and Yeager buggers.

BLUE RIDGE: Fishing is fair to poor. Fish at first and last light. This is a deep canyon lake that is tough for shore angling, but great for small boats and canoes, or float tubes. In fact, trolling is probably the most effective method right now.

KNOLL LAKE: Fishing is good at first and last light. There is a launch ramp, and fishing from a boat is best right now, but it's a long, dusty road to get there.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE: The fishing is fair to good, with the best bite at first and last light. The lake is down about two feet and the boat ramp is accessible. Scheduled to be stocked this week with catchable-size rainbow trout. The water temperature last week was 70 degrees. Anglers have been catching trout using cowbells with attached worms, lures and flies. Trout have been active at the surface down to 15 feet during early morning and evening hours.

Try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, lures such as Z-rays, spinners and Rapalas, and flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms, wooly buggers and Yeager buggers, and nymphs in black, brown or green colors. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp gas motors.

This lake also has largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and small crappie. The best fishing for these warmer water species is in the early afternoons after the trout bite typically slows to nothing.

WOODS CANYON: Fishing is fair to good. Stocked weekly. The lake is full. The water temperature last week was 72 degrees.

Boat anglers are catching trout by trolling KastMasters and Panther Martins. Also try trolling cowbells with attached worms, lures and flies. Trout have been active at the surface down to 10 feet early in the morning and late in the evening.

By the way, this lake has plentiful crayfish -- bring along a bucket and get a passel of crayfish to augment your trout dinner and turn your camping adventure into a five-star dining experience.

For rainbows, try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, lures such as spinners, small spoons (Super Dupers and Z-rays) and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, Yeager buggers and peacock ladies, and nymphs in black, brown or green colors. The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.

FLAGSTAFF LAKES

LOWER LAKE MARY: There has been a fish kill and there might not be any fish left.

UPPER LAKE MARY: The lake is full. Some nice northern pike are being caught on anchovies. This lake also has walleye and catfish. Remember, there are no boat motor restrictions on this lake, so it is a good one to take your bass boat to escape the heat.

ASHURST LAKE: Stocked with 3,601 trout last week. The water temperature was 62 F. The lake is full. Some larger hold-over trout are being caught. Some trout anglers are catching northern pike.

Steve at the Ashurst Store reports good-size fish ranging from 1-1/2 to 2 pounds are being caught on worms at the west and east end of the lake and early morning on the north and south sides. Power Bait was not working this past week.

KINNIKINICK LAKE: Scheduled to be stocked this week with 2,700 rainbow trout.

LONG LAKE: Stocked recently with rainbow trout. Some nice fish are being caught near the ditch.

BEAVER CREEK: Trout fishing is generally slow, but some anglers are doing OK if they hike a ways. This area also has some fun smallmouth bass, but don't expect fish of any size. Ultra lights and small crickhoppers work well.

LYNX LAKE: Catfish were stocked June 9 and again on June 25. Trout were stocked the week of June 16. This was the last scheduled stocking until the fall. While fishing has been slow, these two stockings should help. Try using night crawlers or hot dogs for the catfish. The hot ticket for the trout is salmon egg scented power bait.

FAIN LAKE: Catfish and sunfish were stocked the week of June 23. Try using night crawlers for the catfish. The sunfish will bite on meal worms or small worms. Fain Lake was last stocked with rainbow trout the week of June 16. This is the last trout stocking scheduled until September. For trout try using spinners or bright-colored power bait. Fain Lake was stocked with brook trout on Feb. 25.

GOLDWATER LAKE: Trout were scheduled to be stocked the week of July 7. Fishing success should be good following the stocking. Recently one angler reported catching a 13- and 14-inch trout in two hours of fishing. While there is no shortage of fish, most people report catching only one or two fish.

Source: Arizona Fish and Game Department

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